May 2011 Blog Posts (60)

Does Organic Wine Have Sulfites? part 2

 

Here is guide to organic wine and sulfites.



Marcus Guiliano is the chef & owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in the bountiful Hudson Valley of New York. Chef Guiliano has been an advocate for over 10 years on healthy, sustainable, local & real food. He found his mission in cooking when he reversed over a handful of medical conditions including 28 years of asthma. For more information visit… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on May 20, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

Basics of Organic Wine Part 1 | Organic Grapes vs Oragnic Wine





Organic grapes do not mean organic wine. In fact most organic grapes never make organic wine. Chef Guiliano explains the process. Stay tuned for more short informative videos on organic wine.



Marcus Guiliano is the chef & owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in the bountiful Hudson Valley of New York. Chef Guiliano has been an advocate for over 10 years on healthy, sustainable, local & real food. He found his mission in cooking when he reversed over… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on May 20, 2011 at 11:49am — No Comments

These Three Seafood Items Have the Biggest Impact | Sustainable Seafood Impact







In this video Chef Guiliano describes the three best that would make a impact on sustainability.



Marcus Guiliano is the chef & owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in the bountiful Hudson Valley of New York. Chef Guiliano has been an advocate for over 10 years on healthy, sustainable, local & real food. He found his mission in cooking when he reversed over a handful of medical conditions including 28 years of asthma. For more information visit… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on May 20, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments


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Be Decisive



Guest Post by Dave Magrogan

CEO of Kildares Irish Pubs

“Decisiveness is a characteristic of high performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.” – Brian…

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Added by Barry Chandler on May 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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Better Your Business: One Day Workshop

Barry Chandler has teamed up with the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association, Photo Kitchen, Yelp Columbus and Bevinco to bring you a full day workshop to help you grow your bar or restaurant business. We will be sharing case studies and local examples of businesses utilizing best practices in marketing and management to grow their bar and restaurant trade.

 

If you want to grow your business in 2011, then grab your managers and take advantage of this free one day workshop in…

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Added by Barry Chandler on May 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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From menu to label: Restaurant foods begin hitting grocery shelves

Stroll the aisles at your local supermarket and you may find yourself wondering if you just entered a grocery store or a popular restaurant chain’s dining room.  TGI Friday’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Taco Bell, and PF Chang’s are just a few restaurants who have licensed retail versions of their menu items to…

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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on May 19, 2011 at 7:41am — No Comments

Why I "Eat More Chikin"

I often ask myself, why are you obsessed with Chick-Fil-A? Maybe it’s their waffle fries, or tasty breakfast options? Maybe the incredible customer service is to blame. Maybe it’s that the nearest location to me is hours away, and we all know absence makes the heart grow fonder. In the end I tend to blame it on the Polynesian sauce.   …

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Added by Emerald Reilly on May 18, 2011 at 2:56pm — 7 Comments


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The Superman Complex & Customer Service

I, like many other Americans, tuned in to watch the final episode of Smallville this last Friday night. For those not familiar, it is the story of Clark Kent growing up in Smallville, Kansas and his life lessons and upbringing that lead him to become the Man of Steel.

 

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Added by Ty Sullivan on May 17, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment


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YUM Acquisition of Little Sheep: Peek at Unit Economics

 

YUM’s announcement last week of the acquisition of the 415 unit Little Sheep hot pot chain was not a surprise. YUM had invested via a minority stake earlier, and its earnings model more and more depends on China feeding its China operations.

 The YUM acquisition is estimated at $585M (US$), or about 8.5X 2011 projected EBITDA. Little Sheep had doubled its EBITDA since 2008.

 Little Sheep went public on the Hong Kong Exchange in June 2008 and we now have some…

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Added by John A. Gordon on May 17, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments


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What Does It Mean To Be “Customer-Centric”?

 

 

Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.



Our mission is to support our stores so that they are able to do what is most important in retail — serve our customers' needs.



The mission…

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Added by Bill Campion on May 17, 2011 at 2:30am — 10 Comments

A Better, and more cost effective way to gain new customers and new revenue.

In todays economy it is even more important to ensure that your tools are working just as hard as you are.  So many business owners are currently in "panic mode" trying everything they can to drag customers in the door.  One of the biggest methods being used today is group buying, and giving out massive discounts, while this may work to get someone in the door, it's very important to think about the affect on your business.  Let's use a restaurant as an example.  You put out this coupon… Continue

Added by Chris Fusco on May 16, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

All California Restaurant Employees Required to Obtain Food Handler Card

Last year California passed a law (SB 602) that several other states already have: the requirement of all restaurant employees to obtain a California Food Handler Card. The law is designed to ensure that restaurant employees receive a reasonable level of training in food safety practices to reduce the potential for food borne illness.

 

While not much has been publicized about the passing of this law, the deadline for employees to obtain these cards is coming upon us quickly.…

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Added by Emerald Reilly on May 16, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments


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LEADERSHIP & SELF ESTEEM

A Leader’s #1 Responsibility

If it is true (and I believe it is) that the most important functions of a business leader are

  • to persuasively convey a vision of what the organization is to accomplish;
  • to inspire and empower all employees to make an optimal contribution toward realizing that vision; and
  • to help employees feel that, in doing so, they are acting in alignment with their own self-interest,

then the higher the leader’s…

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Added by Jim Madrid on May 16, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Can You Cook an Egg On It?

Stay in this business long enough and you’ll end up speaking Kitchen-ese.

For example:



“I need a grill.”

“A griddle or a char broiler?”

“Just a grill.”

“Upright, range-match, counter model or free-standing, flat-top or grate-top, what length, on casters or legs, cast radiants, cast grates, what grid spacing, chrome or cold roll steel, round or scround, grooved or flat, safety pilots, piezo or…

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Added by Joe Ferri on May 15, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

How Many Hours a Day is your Sales Window Open?

Mobile Cuisine Magazine is constantly attaining information regarding the food truck industry, one of the ways we do this is by polling our readers, twitter followers and the general public.

 

In this week's poll, we want to ask the owners of food trucks and food carts the amount of time they actually are able to stay open on any given day. There can be a lot of down time where the truck or cart is not open to their customers. There is the time early in the morning or…

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Added by Richard Myrick on May 13, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments

MCM's Create your own Food Truck Contest

With the mobile food industry’s continued growth throughout the country, there appears to be a growing list of people (largely from the restaurant industry) who are becoming disenchanted by the “posers” in the industry. Being original and serving fresh and inexpensive food on the go has been the mantra of the people that have followed these rolling bistros over the last couple of…

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Added by Richard Myrick on May 13, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

How do the Myths of Social and Online Marketing for Restaurants Hold You Back?

We're all bound by ideals, beliefs and myths around what we think is true.  We take a look at "8 Myths of Social Media for Restaurants" in this post.  We assembled the list, in no specific order from anecdotal sources; conversations and ongoing industry research. 

Here are 8 prominent myths about social media in the restaurant industry… Continue

Added by Steven Groves on May 13, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments


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How To Get More Done During the Day

Guest Post by Dave Magrogan

CEO of Kildares Irish Pubs

 

Probably one of the most popular questions I get asked from other Rhinos is, “how do you get so much done in a day?” Most Rhinos have the same…

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Added by Barry Chandler on May 13, 2011 at 3:39am — No Comments

The Legend of the Poke

The Georgetown Bagelry is lucky to consider many of its customers great friends and family. We are always touched and honored when we receive tokens of their appreciation. Recently, a friend of GTB,Margo Judge, author and blogger of MomOpinionMatters.com wrote us a poem for Mother’s Day.

We hope that you enjoy as much as we did! Warm Bagel Hugs.

The Legend of the Poke

By Margo Judge |…

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Added by Mary Beall Adler on May 12, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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